May 17, 2007 — The military has only been able to identify three of the four American soldiers killed in a pre-dawn ambush in Iraq Saturday. That may be because the dog tags of one of the four dead soldiers are missing. A spokesman for the 10th Mt. Division said yesterday they apparently were taken by the attackers. Three other US soldiers are still missing. An al-Qaida linked group claims to have taken them captive. They are all members of Company D, 4th Battalion, 31st Infantry of the 10th Mountain Division, based at Fort Drum. Thousands of US troops and Iraqis are searching for the missing soldiers. The US military is offering up to $200,000 for information leading to the return of four missing American soldiers.
The family of a 25-year-old Specialist Alex Jimenez told Massachusetts State Representative William Lantigua he is among the missing. His family is at Fort Drum awaiting further word. The Army is trying to make it easier for the parents of these missing soldiers to get information about the on-going search. Lt. Col. Paul Fitzpatrick told Jonathan Brown that teams of an officer and enlisted man have been sent to the parents' hometowns to offer the families quicker and more personal access to any news gathered by troops in Iraq.